Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers. I was intrigued by the company's tagline, "Where you recognize all the ingredients" - I did, in fact, recognize all the ingredients. Also, this product is "certified vegan" and they make a big deal out of being made from oat bran. I don't know that I consider that a big deal, but whatever. I'm not here to critique their marketing - just their food.
I've been eating a lot of veggie burgers lately, so I kind of have the routine down. Once again, the box made no mention of stovetop instructions, but I wasn't about to use my oven for something like this. I pretended my non-stick pan was a grill, and carried on. Teensy bit of oil, heat, flip, heat, and voila! Veggie burger! Toasted bun, some ketchup, some lettuce, and I've got a meal! The only catch here was that after the first flip, as the patty was mostly defrosted, it got really fragile. A piece of it broke off, as I was attempting to move it around in the pan.
Okay, now to the most important part. I took a big bite, expecting a standard veggie burger experience, but was quite disappointed. There was an unidentifiable off-flavor. I examined the list of ingredients again, trying to place it, but came up empty. I mean, I'm not the biggest pea fan, and these weren't a great example of peas, but it didn't taste like peas. I even dissected the burger a little bit, since many of the ingredients were actually visually identifiable, but to no avail. Just a weird off-flavor, which was pretty tenacious. Maybe it was the oat bran they were so proud of. Hard to say. What I do know is that I'm not terribly eager to put more of these into my mouth. Sorry, Dr. Praeger - I do recognize all the ingredients, but something here just isn't doing it for me.
Texture - Very fragile - fell apart easily
Flavor - Some unidentifiable off-flavor that ruined the experience for me
If anyone else has tried these and knows what that flavor might be, please let me know!
Final grade for this attempt: D-